by Christopher Boyle
CALIFORNIA – Charles Manson, whose cult-like slayings horrified the world in 1969, finally met his maker in November of last year, and even in his death, continues to garner a slew of headlines, as multiple purported family members and followers currently battle over rights to his remaining wares, even including his chilled corpse, which is said to be decided this coming week by Kern County Superior Court Commissioner Alisa Knight.
The body, which has been on ice since his death from natural causes on November 19, 2017, lies in a California morgue under a fake name, and only two staffers in the coroner’s office actually know where it is, according to the DailyBeast.
Charles Manson leaving a Los Angeles courtroom in December 1970. (Credit: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times)
CharlesManson.com, the Internet site listed for sale at a brokerage called Uniregistry, hosts a collection of information it calls ‘the true story’ of Charles Manson including a ‘cast of characters’ based on actual events as transformed into popular culture, in-part through “Helter Skelter”, a shocking book by Vincent Bugliosi who had served as the prosecutor in the 1970 trial of Charles Manson and his followers.
The book remains the best-selling true crime work of non-fiction in history, according to the New York Times.
Within the Internet sites’ disclosures reads a purpose for such a site as being an account of ‘true events’ to ‘educate’ and fulfill society’s ‘fascination’ with the Manson Murders of 1969, which included the killing of rising Hollywood star Sharon Tate, then wife of movie director, and still U.S. fugitive, Roman Polanski. Polanski remains wanted by U.S. authorities in connection to a 1977 criminal case regarding an inappropriate sexual encounter with a female teen over forty years ago.
Sharon Tate with Roman Polanski in The Fearless Vampire Killers in 1967. Credit: Cadre Films Filmways
Tate, 26, begged for her life and the life of her unborn child during the massacre, “Please don’t kill me. I just want to have my baby.” One of Manson’s followers then stabbed the actress 16 times, and with her blood, wrote “PIG” on her front door.
“First and foremost: The purpose of this site is not to sensationalize Manson, his followers, or otherwise condone any of their actions. In 1969, Manson and his followers committed hideous crimes that will likely remain in the annals of crime for eternity. This site exists to educate, based on the true crime events, while fulfilling societies fascination with what has been deemed one of the most bizarre trials and series’ of murders in American history. Neither Manson himself, nor any of his associates receive financial gain from this site nor have any input on what appears within its pages” the site states.
It just might be an ideal time to exchange such a space on the web as there are two movies in the works, one of which is titled “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”, to be directed by famed director, writer and actor Quentin Tarantino and is expected to star Hollywood super-stars such as Brad Pitt, Margo Robbie and Leonardo DiCaprio.
The much anticipated and controversial film is set to be released on August 9th, 2019, the 50th anniversary for the ‘Tate murders’, the first night of brutal killings in the two day homicide spree. A second film, albeit which is currently garnering less press will be titled Charlie Says, by Mary Harron (American Psycho).
Margo Robbie in the blockbuster hit, The Wolf of Wall Street where she starred with DiCaprio. Tarantino is said to be casting Robbie as Sharon Tate, with DiCaprio and Brad Pit being neighbors to the famous Cielo Drive residence.
Yet, the question remains – how much will people be willing to pay for a web site address or Internet domain name and who would even be interested in owning such a name?
With what seems to be scarce information on the subject, one might be left to resort to editor and publisher Ron Jackson’s industry publication DNJournal to see price charts, where ‘web domain names’ are listed with their year-to-date sales prices. The list contains addresses which have sold since January, for exact prices and by what brokerages; the prices may surprise you, one of which lists Super.com for as high as $1.2M.
Yet it is not only commercial terms or popular words which fetch hundreds of thousands or even millions. For instance, British political commentator and writer Milo Yiannopoulos recently purchased the domain name Hatred.com for $150,000 and pointed it to Amazon for his book Dangerous.
That last question by itself though is unexpectedly interesting.
Even if an appropriate price could be determined for this web name (CharlesManson.com), who might want such a morbid piece of real estate connected to an infamous serial killer? The answer can be found in the form of many collectors who are willing to pay top dollar for items connected to infamous serial killers often traded in as ‘Murder Memorabilia’.
For example, last year, a Victorian bed frame sold for $14,000 at an auction because it was connected to one of the Manson murders. The frame was in Sharon Tate’s home where coffee heiress Abigail Folger, one of the victims of the infamous Manson family murders, was sitting before she was attacked and brutally killed being stabbed 26 times.
The Victorian bed frame sold at an auction due to it being connected to one of the Manson murders. Someone paid $14,000 for the bed frame, according to Auctioneer Kris Clark who was interviewed by Channel 2 Action News.
More recently, earlier this week it was reported that tennis legend John McEnroe sold a 32-foot-long painting inspired by Charles Manson for $10.4 million.
Tennis legend John McEnroe sells his Charles Manson-inspired painting for $10.4MILLIONhttps://t.co/iyyldDyRmd
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) March 11, 2018
There are also countless items for sale on a site called SerialKillersInk.net which labels itself as the premier true crime collectibles company catering to true crime enthusiasts around the world since 2008.
Apparently there is indeed a market for these unusual and morbid collections of true-crime American history, if you’re in to that sort of thing.